skip navigation

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


NCJRS Celebrates National Library Week April 12-18

National Library Week

Started in 1958, National Library Week is a nationwide observance celebrated by all types of libraries - including the NCJRS Virtual Library. NCJRS invites you to explore the breadth and scope of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection and services. With more than 220,000 collection documents and 60,000 online resources, including all known Office of Justice Programs works, it is one of the world’s largest criminal justice special collections.

We encourage your Feedback. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Virtual Library and Abstracts Database, how you access the collection, and any ways we can improve our services.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection.
To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database.

How to Obtain Documents
NCJ Number: NCJ 178246     Find in a Library
Title: Conducting Community Surveys: A Practical Guide For Law Enforcement Agencies
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Deborah Weisel
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 10/1999
Page Count: 29
  Series: BJS Technical Reports
  Annotation: This report summarizes basic points that law enforcement officials should consider in deciding whether to survey the public.
Abstract: This practical guide for law enforcement agencies accompanies the Crime Victimization Survey Software developed by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. It describes how surveys have been used to improve policing services, ways to identify survey goals and procedures for survey administration and analysis. The guide reviews many aspects of using surveys, including: (1) use of telephone surveys; (2) overcoming fears of surveys; (3) tailoring surveys to fit different needs; (4) modifications to reflect local conditions; (5) the critical issue of sample size; (6) issues of probability sampling; (7) coordination and quality control; (8) selection, training and supervision; (9) frequencies and cross tabulations; and (10) terminology and costs. Appendixes, table
Main Term(s): Statistics
Index Term(s): Data collection devices ; Public Attitudes/Opinion ; Surveys ; Crime surveys ; Data collection ; Sampling ; Victimization surveys ; Police department surveys ; Attitude measurement
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Contract Number: OJP-99-135-M
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Bureau of Justice Statistics Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 179
Dept. BJS-236
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701
United States of America
Type: Guideline
Country: United States of America
Language: English
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

* A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's web site is provided.